Bheki Cele’s “advisor” filmed
DURBAN-based drug trafficker, businessman and former convicted policeman Timmy Marimuthu was filmed advising Police Minister Bheki Cele on issues regarding drug policy and operations that need to be dismantled in the city and KwaZulu-Natal.
These latest developments emerged from recorded conversations between the duo, where they also discussed the suitable candidate to become the country’s president.
An investigation of the Daily News uncovered recorded evidence, suggesting that Cele and Marimuthu may also have spied on politicians during the fierce presidential campaign, which saw Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and President Cyril Ramaphosa clash.
In the recording, Cele and Marimuthu seemed very close and comfortable, Cele calling her relationship with Marimuthu a “friendship”.
âThe woman asks me if we can have offended you. We don’t hear from you. You don’t say hello to us anymore, âMarimuthu said in the recording.
Cele replied: âSurely South Africa knows that I am trying to stabilize things. I know what I’m doing.”
Cele also shared her schedule with Marimuthu, to allow them to meet in Durban.
In one of the tapes, Marimuthu accused senior criminal intelligence officials of working with certain politicians who were briefed on police operations and what they needed to do to avoid getting caught in the police raids. against drugs.
A senior police officer, who did not want to be appointed for fear of persecution, complained that Marimuthu was close to KZN’s underground and criminal network.
Another officer, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, claimed that the highlighting of these tapes was fueled by political factions playing in the SAPS, to destroy some politicians.
âThe timing of the leakage of these recordings is worrying. I can tell you now that these calls were illegally intercepted by intelligence agents. They are just political factions within the police, aiming to destroy certain politicians, âhe said.
Responding to the tapes, Cele’s spokesperson Lirandzu Themba said: âThe Minister of Police will not comment on matters that are part of police operations.
Marimuthu, when approached for comment, neither confirmed nor denied the allegations, but asked for the tapes – which the Daily News made available. He responded by saying he would hire his lawyers.
âGiving (information to) Bheki Cele, who is a law-abiding South African citizen, (me) being a former policeman, very active in South Africa, is to improve this country so that it can be brought under control. when it comes to anarchy, âMarimuthu said.
Although Marimuthu has already been sentenced to three years in prison for trafficking mandrax, it is alleged that he never spent a day in prison, and evidence at the Jali Commission in 2002 revealed that Marimuthu had bribed officials to avoid serving his sentence.
Despite all of this alleged shenanigans, reports suggest that Marimuthu made a return to the Police Crime Intelligence Unit after his conviction.
He managed to become a close confidant of Cele and his acquaintances, having been appointed as a criminal intelligence agent by Solomon Lazarus, the former CFO of Crime Intelligence who, in turn, allegedly received expensive gifts including travel. abroad and jewelry from Marimuthu. .
According to legal records, Marimuthu was convicted of drug trafficking in 1992 and sentenced to an effective three-year prison term.
Other press reports on the Jali Commission said his appeal against his conviction and sentence had failed, and that he was due to start serving his sentence in December 1998, but he was released on bail by a magistrate. of Durban and, a month later, not having spent a day in prison, was granted correctional supervision by another magistrate.
A day before his sentence was converted, prison officials claimed he was admitted as a prisoner, but never left his BMW, where a prison clerk took his fingerprints digital and other details.